SHARP agrees new strategy

SHARP has a new strategy to guide the next phase in development of the partnership. This builds on the achievements and learning to date, setting out the SHARP approach, roles and responsibilities within the partnership and a theory of change to realise its strategic objectives. These objectives remain unchanged, but the role of SHARP is now more tightly framed around three themes:

  • Develop and refine practical open-source tools and approaches
  • Convene partners to apply these tools at scale
  • Neutral facilitation of shared learning through an empowering partnership

This strategy has been developed with input from members of the SHARP Executive Board, which has been reconvened as an Advisory Committee, working alongside a Practitioners Group of partners directly involved in using SHARP tools and approaches in the field. The SHARP Secretariat will continue to serve in the role of convenor, sharing lessons learned, promoting mutual learning and building common understanding on good practice in smallholder supplier engagement. The Proforest Initiative hosts the SHARP Secretariat. In addition, Proforest seeks to act as a partner in its own right to support delivering the SHARP objectives through developing and implementing tools at scale.

The SHARP Secretariat is now working to an annual work plan that reflects the three themes described above, with a major focus on supporting the scaling up of SHARP tools and approaches in all three regions where SHARP operates (South East Asia, Africa and Latin America) and across multiple commodity supply chains (currently palm oil, rubber, sugar and soy). Integration of SHARP tools and approaches in landscape and jurisdictional approaches will be another important area of activity in 2016.

The strategy document is available to read here.

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